Lawyer representing Treaty 8 in federal court optimistic about case

West Moberly First Nation Chief Roland Willson (centre), along with members of the Prophet River First Nation, and their legal team in a Montreal feral courtroom yesterday. Photo by Roland Willson/Facebook

MONTREAL, Q.C. – One of the lawyers representing members of the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations says that she feels that they made the best possible arguments in their case against the Site C dam at the Federal Court of Appeals yesterday.

The Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace caravan was in Montreal yesterday to hold a rally outside the federal courtroom where their cohorts were arguing that the $8.8 billion hydroelectric dam would infringe on their treaty rights. According to a video posted on the caravan’s Facebook page, Allisun Rana, one of the lawyers representing the first nations, said that the legal team has no complaints about how the case went.

“You certainly know when you walk out of there if you have made the best case that you could, and what I can say is that I feel that we made the best case that we could,” said Rana. “We made all the points we wanted to make, the panel was fair, they listened, they had good questions. We don’t have any complaints about the process.”

Rana added that she was excited to see the support that the appellants received, saying that seeing supporters of the first nations councils being represented in court, saying that the support from the caravan members was incredibly important.

The caravan held a rally on Parliament Hill this morning from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. EDT, and are planning to host a web seminar at the University of Ottawa beginning at 1:00 p.m. EDT.